Photos: 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON — The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee took center stage at National Harbor. Young scholars from across the country vied for the top prize, but only one took home the trophy.

Ananya Vinay
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., holds the trophy after being declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, center, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, center, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, right, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, right, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II.

Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., is kissed by her father Vinay Sreekumar moments after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., is kissed by her father Vinay Sreekumar moments after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Rohan Rajeev
Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., reacts after misspelling his word and eventually losing to Ananya Vinay from Fresno, Calif., during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Rohan Rajeev, Ananya Vinay
The final two spellers Rohan Rajeev, 14, from Edmond, Okla., and Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., right, applaud during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Shrinidhi Gopal, 13, of San Ramon, Calif., thinks while competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Alex Iyer, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, reacts after misspelling “savate” during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, N.C., spells his word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. Sachet was the speller to be knocked out of the finals. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mira Dedhia, 13, from Western Springs, Ill., left, Shrinidhi Gopal, 13, from San Ramon, Calif., center, and Tejas Muthusamy, 14, from Glen Allen, Va., waits to spell during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

E.W. Scripps Comapny President Rich Boehne holds a National Spelling Bee trophy which was presented to him upon the announcement of his retirement during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sohum Sukhatankar, 11, of Allen, Texas, right, takes a moment during a break in competition at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. At left is Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sohum Sukhatankar, 11, of Allen, Texas, right, takes a moment during a break in competition at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. At left is Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Members of the audience stand up and applaud Siyona Mishra, 13, of Orlando, Fla., after she spelled her word incorrectly as a finalist in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of the audience stand up and applaud Siyona Mishra, 13, of Orlando, Fla., after she spelled her word incorrectly as a finalist in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., grimaces as he is told that he spelled a word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., grimaces as he is told that he spelled a word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, thinks about how to spell her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. She spelled her word correctly with one second to spare. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, thinks about how to spell her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. She spelled her word correctly with one second to spare. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Varad Mulay, 13, of Novi, Mich., listens to competition with other finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Varad Mulay, 13, of Novi, Mich., listens to competition with other finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., right, is congratulated by fellow finalists including Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., left, after Muthusamy spelled a word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., right, is congratulated by fellow finalists including Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., left, after Muthusamy spelled a word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., thinks about how to spell his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., thinks about how to spell his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Grant Taylor, 14, of Lubbock, Texas, concentrates as he spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Grant Taylor, 14, of Lubbock, Texas, concentrates as he spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, reacts in disbelief on hearing that she spelled her word correctly with one second to spare during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, reacts in disbelief on hearing that she spelled her word correctly with one second to spare during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, reacts in disbelief on hearing that she spelled her word correctly with one second to spare during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sreeniketh Vogoti, 14, from Saint Johns, Fla., right, celebrates with his fellow spellers after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sreeniketh Vogoti, 14, from Saint Johns, Fla., right, celebrates with his fellow spellers after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., uses her hand as and imaginary paper and pen to spell her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., uses her hand as and imaginary paper and pen to spell her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Varad Mulay, 13, from Novi, Mich., reacts after spelling his word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Varad Mulay, 13, from Novi, Mich., reacts after spelling his word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., left and Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., right, react after spelling during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., left and Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., right, react after spelling during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word out in her hand while competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word out in her hand while competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee react as they watch an opening video featuring past bee participants in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee react as they watch an opening video featuring past bee participants in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Kelly Haven, 12, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, (sponsored by the Navajo Times) get high-fives from other students as she leaves the stage after competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, wipes her tears after she didn’t make the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo/Alex Brandon)

Edith Fuller
Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahome, spells out a word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Surya Dodia, 13, from Naples, Florida, reacts after correctly spelling “filbert” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo/Cliff Owen)

Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minnesota, jumps off the stage after the second round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (AP photo/Alex Brandon)

Parents take pictures of their children as they participate on stage in round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Relatives of spellers take photographs as the children take the stage to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Akilan Sankaran, 10, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, right, high-fives Sreeniketh Vogoti, 14, from Saint Johns, Florida, after he correctly spelled “laity” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP photo/Cliff Owen)

The trophy is on display as students wait for their turns to compete in the second round of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tien Thuy Nguyen of New Orleans, Louisiana, reacts after misspelling during round three of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Brandon Anderson of Mount Vernon, New York, reacts after he misspelled his word during round two of 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 31, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Brandon Anderson of Mount Vernon, New York, reacts after he misspelled his word during round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Erin Marie Welch of Princess Anne, Maryland, participates in round two of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Edith Fuller, Marlene Schaff
Edith Fuller, 6, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest speller ever in the national bee, sits next to Marlene Schaff, 14, of Lake Forest, Illinois, (right) as they wait to compete in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Okla., waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minn., does the dap after correctly spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minn., does the dap after correctly spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Joel Miles
Joel Miles, 14, from Greenwood, Missouri, reacts after spelling his word correctly in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Saketh Sundar, 11, from Elkridge, Md., jumps in the air after correctly spelling "valetudinary" during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Saketh Sundar, 11, from Elkridge, Maryland, jumps after correctly spelling “valetudinary” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II.

David Lye of Olathe, Kansas, center, flanked by Sam Fetters of West Tisbury, Mass., left, and Simone Kaplan of Davie, Fla., yawns during the opening round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
David Lye of Olathe, Kansas, center, flanked by Sam Fetters of West Tisbury, Mass., left, and Simone Kaplan of Davie, Fla., yawns during the opening round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates after spelling his first word correctly in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates after spelling his first word correctly in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ishaan Akula of Morganville, N.J., reacts after spelling his word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ishaan Akula of Morganville, N.J., reacts after spelling his word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Melinda Buhlman, 13, from Heber, Utah, left, looks at the winner's trophy during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Melinda Buhlman, 13, from Heber, Utah, left, looks at the winner’s trophy during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sam Stephens, 14, from Stevensville, Mich., correctly spells his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sam Stephens, 14, from Stevensville, Mich., correctly spells his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Tanay Nandan, 10, from Short Hills, N.J., thinks about his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. Nandan spelled his word correctly. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Tanay Nandan, 10, from Short Hills, N.J., thinks about his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. Nandan spelled his word correctly. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Mandy Granz, 12, from Imlay City, Mich. reacts after correctly spelling her word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Mandy Granz, 12, from Imlay City, Mich. reacts after correctly spelling her word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

David De Coursy, 11, from Clearwater Beach, Fla., reacts after correctly spelling “shambolic” during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Gabrielle Brown, 14, of Salisbury, N.C., reacts after spelling her word correctly in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Gabrielle Brown, 14, of Salisbury, N.C., reacts after spelling her word correctly in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Dr. Jacques Bailly, pronouncer, pauses for a photograph during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Dr. Jacques Bailly, pronouncer, pauses for a photograph during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Ananya Vinay
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, center, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., celebrates onstage with her parents, Anu Pama Poliyedathpp, left, and Vinay Sreekumar, right, after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Ananya Vinay, 12, from Fresno, Calif., is kissed by her father Vinay Sreekumar moments after winning the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Rohan Rajeev
Rohan Rajeev, Ananya Vinay
Sohum Sukhatankar, 11, of Allen, Texas, right, takes a moment during a break in competition at the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. At left is Rohan Sachdev, 14, from Cary, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of the audience stand up and applaud Siyona Mishra, 13, of Orlando, Fla., after she spelled her word incorrectly as a finalist in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., grimaces as he is told that he spelled a word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, thinks about how to spell her word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. She spelled her word correctly with one second to spare. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Varad Mulay, 13, of Novi, Mich., listens to competition with other finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., right, is congratulated by fellow finalists including Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., left, after Muthusamy spelled a word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Nikhil Lahiri, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y., thinks about how to spell his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Grant Taylor, 14, of Lubbock, Texas, concentrates as he spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Tejas Muthusamy, 14, of Glen Allen, Va., spells his word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Maggie Sheridan, 13, of Mansfield, Ohio, reacts in disbelief on hearing that she spelled her word correctly with one second to spare during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sreeniketh Vogoti, 14, from Saint Johns, Fla., right, celebrates with his fellow spellers after spelling his word correctly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., uses her hand as and imaginary paper and pen to spell her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Varad Mulay, 13, from Novi, Mich., reacts after spelling his word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Erin Howard, 12, from Huntsville, Ala., left and Melodie Loya, 12, from Bainbridge, N.Y., right, react after spelling during the finals of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Melodie Loya, 12, of Bainbridge, N.Y., spells her word out in her hand while competing in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The finalists in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee react as they watch an opening video featuring past bee participants in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Edith Fuller
Brandon Anderson of Mount Vernon, New York, reacts after he misspelled his word during round two of 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center May 31, 2017 in National Harbor, Maryland. Close to 300 spellers are competing in the annual spelling contest for the top honor this year. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Edith Fuller, Marlene Schaff
Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Okla., waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Will Rooke, 13, from Deephaven, Minn., does the dap after correctly spelling his word during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Joel Miles
Saketh Sundar, 11, from Elkridge, Md., jumps in the air after correctly spelling "valetudinary" during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
David Lye of Olathe, Kansas, center, flanked by Sam Fetters of West Tisbury, Mass., left, and Simone Kaplan of Davie, Fla., yawns during the opening round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Will Lourcey, 14, of Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates after spelling his first word correctly in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ishaan Akula of Morganville, N.J., reacts after spelling his word incorrectly during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Melinda Buhlman, 13, from Heber, Utah, left, looks at the winner's trophy during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Sam Stephens, 14, from Stevensville, Mich., correctly spells his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Tanay Nandan, 10, from Short Hills, N.J., thinks about his word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. Nandan spelled his word correctly. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Mandy Granz, 12, from Imlay City, Mich. reacts after correctly spelling her word in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Gabrielle Brown, 14, of Salisbury, N.C., reacts after spelling her word correctly in the third round of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Dr. Jacques Bailly, pronouncer, pauses for a photograph during the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 and put on hold during World War II. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)


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